Notice: This entry was published 4 years ago and may no longer reflect my views today.
The last few days were tough, but finally I can sit down and write an entry! It was only three years late, but earlier this week I got around to playing Mass Effect 3: Citadel. I’ve had this DLC since the beginning, but um… I was mad at how ME3 ended, so I couldn’t look at it for a long time and drowned myself in fangirl tears and fix-it fanfic.
The Extended Cut DLC did address some issues and it left me feeling more hopeful about the ending, but I was still quite bitter from the first time I finished it. I won’t give away the initial ending (please get the extended cut if you do play ME3), but it was pretty bad.
I guess I was also in denial about Shepard’s story being over. I can honestly say Mass Effect is my favorite Bioware game series, and a lot of fans were saying that Citadel was a great send-off for the last game. Nooooo. It’s really over. I DO NOT ACCEPT.
However, Michael did a replay of all three games during his spring break, and that reminded me that I still have the one DLC left to play. I do miss the Normandy, and I’ve been itching for some space action! So I loaded up Mass Effect after three years.
Citadel begins with the Normandy crew going on shore leave. Admiral Anderson bequeaths his totally rad condo to Shepard on their off-time, but an identity theft case cuts their relaxation time short as they must uncover a plot to get them killed.
The quest chain involves the whole squad, and it even lampshades the fact that you only bring two other people at a time despite your large crew (sorry Javik, I’d boot you back to your cycle if I could). In fact, a lot of quirks in the game get lampshaded, and it was hilarious. The silliness borders on Saints Row level. It was nice to see everyone’s fun side.
After you finish the quest, you have a chance to spend some one-on-one time with each squad member. Some were incredibly hilarious, and some were heartbreaking. I felt really sad during Thane’s scene. My favorite though was definitely Javik’s!
And of course, I can’t forget about my space boyfriend Garrus.
ALL ABOARD THE SS SHAKARIAN. ヽ(・∀・)ﾉ The payoff was amazing for this romance. The writers definitely knew what’s up. I’m so happy to have a healthy Bioware romance that spans multiple games~ I think that’s one of the reasons I enjoy Mass Effect. The squad members stay consistent for most of the trilogy, and it’s a lot more cohesive than Dragon Age since you play the same character through all three. Plus, I love space operas.
After spending time with your squadmates, it’s time to throw a party! You can have a quiet, intimate gathering, or get everyone smashed and watch the hilarity. This DLC took a really long time to finish because there was so much to do with your crew. Definitely worth it though after years of emotional investment.
Citadel closes with Shepard looking over the Normandy, shortly before everyone leaves shore leave. Ugh, tugging all my heartstrings there. The fans were right. What a way to close off the trilogy. The ending left me so wistful and a bit sad that it was truly over. I’ll never forget the Normandy crew. :’)
But hey, the awesome thing about games is you can always begin again. Citadel inspired me to replay the whole thing! I’ve already started a new game plus with my Paragon Shepard. The opening cutscene still gives me the chills. <3 Best game ever!
Along with Fallout. /cough
If any of you are looking to try a new game, I definitely recommend Mass Effect! I hope you do try it. I’d love to have you along for the ride. I already got my friend playing it. Mwahaha good, good.
Here are some more screenshots from Citadel. Enjoy!